Expert Coding Advice Coming to Rheumatology Practice Management

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Ethel D. Owen
Immediate Past President, NORM
Practice Administrator
Arthritis & Rheumatology Associates
West Palm Beach, FL

I am excited to announce that Rheumatology Practice Management (RPM) will be providing a valuable new resource to our readers. Beginning in June, we will be featuring a Coding Corner section, with the goal of helping practice managers stay informed of pertinent issues concerning medical billing and coding, denials, and appeal protocols.

This new feature will be authored by Candice Fenildo, CHC, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CPB, CENTC, CRHC, AAPC Fellow, who I am pleased to announce has recently joined RPM as our newest Editorial Advisory Board member. Please read more about Candice’s vast experience in coding below and join me in welcoming her to the RPM board.

The National Organization of Rheumatology Managers (NORM) and RPM remain committed to keeping practice managers informed on events and issues that matter the most to them, including exciting news on the upcoming NORM Annual Conference, which will be held September 14-16, 2017, in Kansas City, MO; updates on health policy changes and advocacy efforts; and perspectives from experts in the field of rheumatology.

I also encourage our readers to stay connected online by visiting NORM’s website at, where members can check out the latest blog postings and participate in our new Community Forum.

Candice Fenildo, CHC, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CPB, CENTC, CRHC, AAPC Fellow, holds an associate’s degree in Health Sciences and is certified in Healthcare Compliance through the Health Care Compliance Association. She is also a Certified Professional Coder, a Certified Professional Biller, a Certified Professional Medical Auditor, a Certified Otolaryngology Coder, a Certified Rheumatology Coder, and a Certified Coding Instructor through AAPC.

Candice has almost 20 years of combined experience in coding, billing, and accounts receivable management. She has lectured nationwide on a variety of coding and compliance topics. In addition, she is currently serving her 4th year on the AAPC Chapter Association Board of Directors, the Governing Board for AAPC Local Chapters, as the 2016-2017 Chair, and was awarded a fellowship by AAPC in 2017.

Candice’s specialty certification in rheumatology coding allows her to provide an advanced perspective on coding principles for the specialty. She is also known nationally for the development of the Network of Rheumatology Managers’ annual webinar series, and is employed at Acevedo Consulting Inc as an Associate Consultant.

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